Carmine CANALETTI | Alessandro CAMIZ
(Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy)

The object of this work is a survey of the Acheiropoietos monastery in Lambousa-Karavas, in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The study is the result of an international workshop in Girne, whose object was a survey campaign with laser scanning technology.
The Acheiropoietos Monastery has been under military control until 2006. During military occupation of the area the complex suffered a long process of decay that lead to an advanced state of disrepair.
The monastic complex is composed of three buildings: the church dates back to late Byzantine period; it has been built between Eleventh and Twelfth century on the ruins of an Early Christian basilica, as can be seen by the remains in the external part of the apse. The original Greek cross plan has a dome on it. Later on two inner narthexes and a gothic external narthex were added to the church in different periods. These addictions lead to the present structure made of three aisles separated by pillars. Inside the church there is a wooden iconostasis and a baroque pulpit. In restricted areas an opus sectile floor can be seen and at the entrance of the nave there is a Seventeenth century headstone. In the north side of the church is situated the second block: a two-floored building with external porticoes of Eighteenth Century. In the south side is situated the third block: a one-floor building of mid-Twentieth century.
During the workshop a survey has been made supplying about 250 laser scans. Post production phase is the result of data processing and their transformations by software 3d model. The 3d model purpose was to extracting plants, section and everything else useful to an adequate graphic restitution of the object.
The final object was to create a cognitive framework, in order to program a plan of restoration work of the complex, because it is included in the architectonic heritage of the island.

Keywords: Acheiropoietos Lambousa Cyprus Laserscanning Survey